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This paper compares different types of resistive defects that may occur inside low-power SRAM cells, focusing on their impact on device operation. Notwithstanding the continuous evolution of SRAM device integration, manufacturing processes continue to be very sensitive to production faults, giving rise to defects that can be modeled as resistances, especially for devices designed to work in low-power modes. This work analyzes this type of resistive defect that may impair the device functionalities in subtle ways, depending on the defect characteristics and values that may not be directly or easily detectable by traditional test methods. We analyze each defect in terms of the possible effects inside the SRAM cell, its impact on power consumption, and provide guidelines for selecting the best test methods.
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2022

Nunzio Mirabella, Michelangelo Grosso, Giovanna Franchino, Salvatore Rinaudo, Ioannis Deretzis, Antonino La Magna, Matteo Sonza Reorda

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Volume: 11 Issue: 2 Pages: 203